The Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette was gifted to me by Klarisse (along with super cute book plates) a long time ago, and I had just gotten a hold of it a few months ago because of scheduling conflicts. This was released back in 2012 (Tangerine Tango was the color of the year)… so, you know, I doubt you can still get this at Sephora. Still, I wanted to share this thoughtful gift, so here we go!
The Alchemy of Color Face Palette includes two sides of pans that are separated into three mini pans. One side has a blush/bronzer theme, and the other is made up of highlighter-y products. There is a “Get the Look” video by Sephora that’s still up: Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Face Palette: Chiseled Bronze
The blush/bronzer side is made up of a blush in Pantone 14-1714 TPX or Quartz Pink (the biggest pan), a deeper dusty pink bronzer/blush in Pantone 17-1514 TPX or Ash Rose (the medium pan), and a strip of a warm brown in Pantone 16-1328 TPX or Sandstone. The shades are all shimmer-free, and would probably suit pale to medium skin tones.
The highlighter side has Pantone 14-1122 TPX or Sheepskin taking up the largest pan. It has a pretty sheen to it, no shimmer. The next, slightly smaller pan is Pantone 12-1107 TPX or Pink Champagne and the strip next to it is Pantone 11-1005 TPX or Bridal Blush, which actually translates as more of a pink in the swatches. These last two shades are super shimmery, which makes me apprehensive about using them as a highlighter. The first golden shade was used as an eyeshadow in the Chiseled Bronze video.
I used all of the shades (back when I had longer hair!) and to be honest, in natural lighting, it doesn’t look like much of a difference. It’s definitely a subtly palette, which is why I don’t think that people with deeper skin tones can use this.
I think it gives a healthy glow and a super subtle contour. From afar, the highlight is really pretty and natural-looking.
I do like them on the eyes, though:
I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Pacific on my lids. It’s a cool blue color, and I have no idea why I have it/why I used it, but I think it turned out to be a pretty look. Pink Champagne was patted all over the inner 2/3 of the lid, and I used Addiction e/s in Truffle on the outer 1/3 to anchor everything down and a bit of Le Métier de Beauté e/s in Tamarack to blend out the harsh edges by the crease.
For the eyeliner I used the Kate Super Sharp Liner in BK-1, which I got for a 2-for-1 deal, and for mascara, I used the Max Factor Masterpiece Max Mascara* which is a pretty natural mascara for definition. The formula’s pretty dry, so there wasn’t much buildage of volume.
I didn’t think much of this palette at first (honestly, I think glitter still scares me, deep down), but I am putting it in rotation so I can play with it some more! Thank you to Klarisse for being awesome and thinking of me. 🙂
* PR Sample.
Sephora, Max Factor, Addiction and Kate are not cruelty-free. Le Métier de Beauté is cruelty-free.